Deputy Director, Athletics/Operations, Duke University
Mike Cragg has been an integral leader and strategic planner within virtually every area and aspect of the athletics department and thus his role as Duke’s chief operations officer.
He currently serves as the senior administrator for the men’s basketball program as well as overseeing all of the facilities & planning for all 27 of Duke’s intercollegiate sports. He has worked directly under Dr. Kevin White, Duke’s Vice President and Director of Athletics, for the past eight years, and serves on his executive staff committee responsible for the day-to-day administration of the department. He also serves as Senior Strategist with the Fuqua/Coach K Center on Leadership and Ethics (COLE).
Cragg has one of the more unique set of responsibilities in all of college athletics – a testament to his long-term dedication and successful track record in the growth of the entire department. Duke annually ranks among the most successful programs both on and off the fields of intercollegiate competition with top graduation rates and Top 10 annual NACDA Directors’ Cup finishes.
At Duke since 1987, his chief responsibilities are to oversee the administration, operations and fundraising for Duke’s highly-successful men’s basketball program. The senior administrator of the program since 2000, he helped found the Duke Basketball Legacy Fund and has been responsible for helping to raise over $115 million by the group of 53 partners to the Fund, while also completing the program’s naming gift endowment program with over $25 million in philanthropic gifts.
At the same time, Cragg also leads Duke’s athletics facilities team and serves as the chief strategist for over $200 million in new or planned facilities construction at Duke since 2000. He was a member of the pivotal strategic planning team that created “Unrivaled Ambition” in 2008 and then a Master Facilities Plan which serves as Duke’s current blueprint and mission for the athletics department within the framework of a world class higher education institution.